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Archive for November, 2016

Before the era of “Big Soda,” regional soft drinks occupied a greater share of retail shelves than they do today. Our November Artifacts of the Month offer a window into that time. We found these two rather ordinary looking vintage soda bottles last year at an antique store in Burlington, N.C.  These brands are no […]

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“The only time I tried to directly interrogate my grandparents on race was in the early 1990s. Having learned about Greensboro’s importance in the civil rights movement from a class in college, I asked them what they remembered about the years of school desegregation and the Woolworth sit-ins. There followed a long pause, punctuated by […]

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“In Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of ‘separate but equal.’ The case marks the start of the Jim Crow era in the South. In the decades that followed, African-Americans would not fare well…. A Chatham County study in the 1920s showed that the average annual income of 102 black tenants […]

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Pro pumpkin?  Pro sweet potato?  Undecided lover of pie?  No matter what side you land on, we’ve got you covered. Pumpkin Pie from Cook book. Maw Maw’s Sweet Potato Pie from My mother’s southern desserts. Pumpkin Dream Pie from Buffet Benny’s family cookbook : recipes, stories & poems from the Appalachian Mountains. Creamy Sweet Potato Pie from Granny’s drawers : four generations of […]

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“Popular democracy is central to America’s identity, mission, and well-being, but it is also highly vulnerable to racism and irrationality,” [says] Harry Watson, a historian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of ‘Liberty and Power: The Politics of Jacksonian America.’ “Jackson was an unapologetic slave owner and allowed the forcible […]

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“Led by Jonas R. Kunst, a fellow at Oslo University’s Institute of Psychology, researchers found that descriptive terms such as ‘beef’ and ‘pork’  created emotional distance between consumers and the animals they were preparing to eat. “By alienating the animal through euphemism, these less representative terms made it much easier for consumers to eat meat. […]

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Eggplant Pizza from The country gourmet cookbook. Cocktail Pizza from A dash of Down East. Vegetable Pizza from Welkom : Terra Ceia cookbook III, a collection of recipes. Pizza Crust from Welkom : Terra Ceia cookbook III, a collection of recipes. Cyndy’s Pizzas from Good eatin’ from Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, Durham, North Carolina. Feta Shrimp Pizza from Count our blessings : 75 years of recipes […]

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“In 1999, the Strawberry Mansion [a Philadelphia neighborhood] row home of jazz legend John Coltrane was declared a National Historic Landmark, which ultimately commemorated where one of the most important jazz musicians in history lived and worked from 1952-58. “In 2012, efforts to restore the property with hopes of using it as a museum or […]

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On this day in 1926: Meeting in Pinehurst, the American Association of Highway Officials approves final plans for Route 66, which will link Chicago and Los Angeles and open the West to a new wave of migration and development. By 1984, when the last stretch of the storied Route 66 is decommissioned, it will long […]

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On this day in 1918: In Atlanta, Georgia Tech makes easy work of a N.C. State football team crippled by influenza and military inductions. Tech coach John Heisman agrees to halt the game after three quarters. Final score: 128-0.  

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